Mumbai (Bombay), India

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The ever-growing megacity of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) juts out into the Arabian Sea, seemingly emerging like magic from the water. Mostly built on reclaimed land, the metropolis boasts more than 21 million people crammed into its maze of streets, giving rise to the chaotic roads, bumper-to-bumper traffic and overflowing slums that it's famous, or infamous, for. But the city also has Bollywood bling along with multimillion-dollar homes and hotels. There’s a national park smack-dab in Mumbai, and exquisite restaurants and hipster bars. It’s both India’s financial heart and the home of astounding colonial-era architecture. It’s diverse, vibrant and multicultural—packed with people and filled with a contagious energy.

With so much going on, there’s something for everyone. Dive into the action at one of the many outdoor bazaars; wander the famous streets of South Mumbai; be wowed by ancient rock art at Elephanta Island; or learn about more-recent history at the Gandhi Museum. Then, end your day watching the sun sink into the Arabian Sea over dinner and drinks.